Guerilla Fingerprinting

by on March 30, 2008 · 2 comments

Awesome:

A number of readers let us know about the Chaos Computer Club’s latest caper: they published the fingerprint of German Secretary of the Interior Wolfgang Schäuble (link is to a Google translation of the German original). The club has been active in opposition to Germany’s increasing push to use biometrics in, for example, e-passports. Someone friendly to the club’s aims captured Schäuble’s fingerprint from a glass he drank from at a panel discussion. The club published 4,000 copies of their magazine Die Datenschleuder including a plastic foil reproducing the minister’s fingerprint — ready to glue to someone else’s finger to provide a false biometric reading. The CCC has a page on their site detailing how to make such a fake fingerprint. The article says a ministry spokesman alluded to possible legal action against the club.

Any TLF readers going to have the opportunity to go drinking with Sec. Chertoff?

  • Johndolanvincent

    i’d like to know whether there ‘s a place in the world where my biometric data won’t be collected.
    i’m not a criminal, i’d just like to live in a place where i’m not guilty till there’s an evidence against. there is a fine line between security and privacy violation, and many countries in the world – u.s., in the e.u., etc – have decided to sacrifice our privacy for the cause of protecting our money. well, i’m never gonna live in an orwellian cyberpunk nightmare for my security. my freedom is more important than my money.
    is everybody going crazy out there? or am i?

  • Johndolanvincent

    i’d like to know whether there ‘s a place in the world where my biometric data won’t be collected.
    i’m not a criminal, i’d just like to live in a place where i’m not guilty till there’s an evidence against. there is a fine line between security and privacy violation, and many countries in the world – u.s., in the e.u., etc – have decided to sacrifice our privacy for the cause of protecting our money. well, i’m never gonna live in an orwellian cyberpunk nightmare for my security. my freedom is more important than my money.
    is everybody going crazy out there? or am i?

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